DC PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL BOARD
Chris Zimmerman, Chairperson
Chris Zimmerman is an Associate Director of Performance Improvement at CrossCountry Consulting, a management consulting company based in Washington, DC. Chris has over a decade of experience working with business leaders to improve their organizations through the design and adoption of new processes, technologies, and organizational structures to appropriately align the operating model of a company to overall business strategy across a multitude of industries.
Earning a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame, Chris also has an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, with a concentration in Strategy and Finance. Chris is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honors society for business excellence. Chris lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC and spends his time devoted to numerous educational and environmental organizations.
Dana Baughns serves as Assistant General Counsel at Allegis Group, Inc., the largest privately held staffing company in the United States. Ms. Baughns also serves as General Counsel and Secretary to MarketSource, Inc., an Allegis Operating Company specializing in outsourced, integrated sales and marketing solutions to more than 200 companies worldwide. Ms. Baughns collaborates with senior level executives, business partners and managers to deliver best employment law practices and strategic solutions to meet business objectives across the Allegis corporate footprint. She has extensive experience counseling employers on a variety of labor and federal employment law issues, and has a broad range of experience litigating and defending federal employment law claims and negotiating collective bargaining and commercial agreements.
Prior to working with Allegis Group, Ms. Baughns was Assistant General Counsel with Sodexo, a provider of various onsite facility services. Ms. Baughns was also a Senior Associate with two Connecticut based law firms, where she represented employers across several business verticals, in labor relations and all stages of employment and business tort litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, mediators and arbitrators. She also served as a Legislative Aide and Subcommittee Chief Clerk for the Honorable Senator Christopher J. Dodd. Ms. Baughns lived abroad in Frankfurt, Germany for two years where she became proficient in German and performed contract work for the European Central Bank, as a Freelance Legal English Editor.
Ms. Baughns attended Howard University in Washington, DC where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and later received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Baughns is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut, Federal District of Connecticut, and Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York.
Ms. Baughns currently serves as a member of the Equal Employment Advisory Council (“EEAC”) Executive Board and Board of Directors. She was also recently elected to serve as a founding director for the Children’s Guild Ltd. DC Public Charter School. She currently lives in Washington DC with her husband Jules Baughns and their two children Jared (age 9) and Ava (age 7).
John Ferguson, PHR
John Ferguson is the Director, Human Resources for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the Washington Capitals (NHL), Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA) and Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. John started his career in Human Resources working for Hyatt Hotels. Originally from Mauldin, South Carolina, John has his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University.
Lesley Nesmith MA, OTR/L, ATP
School Board Meetings
All meetings held at 2146 24th Place NE.
2018-2019 School Year – Every other 2nd Monday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm:
August 13, 2018
October 8, 2018
December 10, 2018
February 11, 2019
April 8, 2019
June 10, 2019